ASHLAND, Ky. – The Bomb Squad certainly didn’t fizzle out in the second annual Big Sandy Superstore Amy For Africa Wiffleball Classic on Saturday.
The team, captained by Matt Fultz, pounded out 82 home runs in sweeping through the field to become champions.
Fultz was joined by Kyle Gilmore, Nick Caudill and Aaron Ellis.
Bomb Squad defeated the Underdogs, 13-11, in the championship game.
Thirty-two teams fought for the coveted title that drew a crowd from far and wide to the lot beside Unity Baptist Church in Ashland. Estimates were around 300 fans.
Teams played from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., including about a 90-minute rain delay.
Proceeds from the tournament, which approached $4,000, went to the Amy For Africa mission.
Besides the wiffleball competition, there was a Home Run Derby, and a visit from the local medical helicopter.
The tournament had players, male and female, from age 5 to 65.
Landon VanKirk, 5, became the youngest player to hit a home run in the tournament. He belted his home run to dead center field, giving him one more home run than two of his Right Eye Graphic teammates.
LifeSong (captained by John Mulvaney) and Mainrod’s Mighty Men (captained by Mark Maynard) reached the semifinals.
Runner-up Underdog, made up of 12-and-under boys, included Luke and Jack Alley, Zach Greene and Chris Busch, who also won the Home Run Derby competition.